Architectural cognition cards: a card-based method for introducing spatial cognition research and user-centred thinking into the design process

Mavros, Panagiotis, Dalton, Ruth, Kuliga, Saskia, Gath Morad, Michal, Robson, Simon and Hölscher, Christoph (2021) Architectural cognition cards: a card-based method for introducing spatial cognition research and user-centred thinking into the design process. Architectural Science Review. pp. 1-18. ISSN 0003-8628 (In Press)

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In this article, we present the rationale, development and preliminary evaluation of a novel set of materials to encourage and improve the consideration of users and their needs during the process of architectural design. Our focus is specifically on two areas: user-centred design principles and spatial cognition research. To this end, we developed two decks of flash-cards, termed the Architectural Strategies Cards (72 cards) and the Spatial Cognition Cards (111 cards). We conducted preliminary evaluations of the cards in the design studio and in design thinking workshops with multidisciplinary groups of students and with architectural practitioners. Our results suggest that the cards improve designers’ immersion into the perspective of building-users in a playful way and introduce scientific concepts effectively. In conclusion, we argue that serious-games and card-based methods should be part of the multiple approaches necessary to encourage and improve user-centred thinking, and integrate research findings into evidence-based design at large.

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Additional Information: Funding information: This work was partially funded by the Future Cities Laboratory at the Singapore-ETH Centre, which was established collaboratively between ETH Zurich and Singapore’s National Research Foundation (FI 370074016) under its Campus for Research Excellence and Technological Enterprise programme. RCD was partially supported by a visiting fellowship grant from the Future Cities Laboratory. SK during the time of writing was supported by a postdoctoral fellowship from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD 91736649).
Uncontrolled Keywords: Architectural design, urban design, user-centred design, spatial cognition, games, cards
Subjects: K900 Others in Architecture, Building and Planning
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Architecture and Built Environment
Depositing User: John Coen
Date Deposited: 16 Dec 2021 15:46
Last Modified: 16 Dec 2021 16:00

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